Get Centered In 2017 With These 8 Amazing Yoga Retreats

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By Michele Herrmann, Epicure & Culture Contributor

With a New Year comes a new desire to live better through healthy activities and fulfilling adventures. So why not knock both out with one swing by booking some rejuvenating yoga holidays? Not only will you perfect your tree pose and find your center, but you’ll be immersed in local culture in exotic destinations around the world.


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1) Authentic Farm Experience Yoga Retreat (Pescosolido, Italy)

At the foot of Abruzzi National Park in the small village of Pescosolido, enjoy an organic farm yoga retreat. Here you can immerse yourself in La Dolce Vita. This four-day experience includes three yoga classes, horseback riding in the Italian countryside, a three-night stay on the property, four vegetarian lunches and dinners, and free time for exploring. For sleeping arrangements, there are different types of rooms to choose from, or perhaps rent a tent and stay on the farm’s campgrounds.

Available from April 12, 2017-November 30, 2017. Click here to learn more.


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2) Wellbeing Yoga Retreat (Tamraght, Morocco)

Wave & Dance is holding an eight-day yoga/wellbeing retreat on some of Tamraght’s most beautiful beaches — with thalasso spa treatments and hammam time woven in. The retreat includes five yoga classes and five postural stretching lessons, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a seven-night stay at an eco-friendly retreat center, Agadir Airport and bus station transfers, and massage, hammam, and thalasso spa entrance, the latter which incorporates seaweed for healing.

Available from January 2017-onward. Click here to learn more.


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3) Cleanse, Detox, Meditation & Yoga (San Pablo, Costa Rica)

In San Pablo, Amatierra Retreat Center hosts a six-day getaway retreat designed to give attendees a fresh start at its mountainside eco-friendly property. Along with one-on-one consultations with health professionals through your stay, you’ll also find your zen through daily yoga and guided meditations classes, nutritious meals enhanced by fresh juices and herbal teas, an abdominal massage, and a five-night stay.

Available from January 2017 onward. Click here for more information.


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4) Cookery, Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat (Kalutara, Sri Lanka)

An eight-day, eco-conscious stay in a former colonial home is enhanced by an itinerary peppered with yoga and meditation classes, as well a heavy culinary focus. Warrior 1s and pigeon poses are given flavor through cooking classes, produce picking and paddy harvesting. Bonus: consultation with an Ayurveda doctor will also help you find your center.

Available from January 2017 – onward. Click here for more information.


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5) Eco Yoga Retreat (Madeirã, Portugal)

This seven-day retreat includes two daily yoga classes, workshops on yoga Nidra meditation, three vegetarian meals per day, and transfers from Pedrogao Grande bus station. As for your accommodations, enjoy a six-night stay in an eco-yurt (talk about quirky curative culture at its finest!). The nature-surrounded property is also near the nature activity-rich Cabril reservoir, about a 15-minute walk away.

Available from May 2017-October 2017. Click here for more information.


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6) Ayurveda Yoga Retreat (Kerala, India)

One of the most memorable yoga holidays out there — located in the birthplace of yoga (India), no less — the 24-day retreat bridges the indigenous wisdom of the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures) to 21st-century living. Wellness consultations with a Vedic Astrologer, Vaydia (Ayurvedic doctor) and an expert of Vastu Vidya (the influence of nature on humans) are complemented by daily morning yoga and meditation. There’s also an interesting tour of the Wayanad District, home to some of Kerala’s most beautiful trails, peaks and hillsides, and a cultural Mohiniattiam dance performance.

Available year-round. Click here for more information.


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7) Ki Energy, Meditation & Yoga Retreat (Sedona, Arizona)

During your serene stay you’ll be surrounded by red monoliths and desert wilderness. This three-day retreat invokes ancient Tao energy methods and yoga asanas, and draws upon Sedona’s renowned vortex energy. Daily meals and a two-nights stay in one of the casitas on the center’s property are included. Spa treatments are available for an additional fee.

Available on certain dates throughout 2017, in February, May, August, and October. Click here for more information.


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8) Yoga & Meditation Retreat (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

This Siem Reap yoga holiday focuses on bringing guests peace of mind through offerings ranging from massages and meditation to Reiki and Asian vegetarian meals. Instructors come from all over the globe as well; attendees will also be able to practice pranayama daily. The three-night accommodations include access to the center’s large salt-water swimming pool and its tropical garden surroundings. Attendees can also take advantage of its proximity to the Angkor Wat temples or downtown Siem Reap.

Available from January 2017 – onward. Click here for more information.

Which of the above yoga holidays will you be booking in 2017?

Further Exploration:

How To Combine The Benefits Of Yoga With Giving Back [Yoga For Good]

Can’t travel for yoga? Get 50% off [Yoga On The Go]

Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice [Great Reads]

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Michele Herrmann splits her time between New England and New York City, and has gotten much better at packing light with her back and forth trips. She has jaunted across Europe and up, down and across the United States and even as far as the South Pacific. She's grateful for being able to dispense travel stories and advice through media outlets and companies (as well as putting her BA in English to good use). Her blog She Is Going Places serves as her way to encourage others to get out and exploring!

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